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16 injured in huge fire in the Bronx

Survivors of devastating Bronx fire allowed to return to building 16 injured in huge fire in the Bronx
Charlie Simmons | 03 January, 2018, 01:52

The vast inferno broke out at 5:30am in a first-floor furniture store, leaving one person seriously injured as it spread upwards.

Twelve people were injured early Tuesday in a six-alarm blaze that swept through a four-story apartment building in The Bronx, officials said.

Flames and smoke could be seen pouring from the building.

"Children starting fires is not rare", FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said on Friday, adding that the stairway "acted like a chimney".

Residents from the apartments above fled, including a man who ran outside with no shirt and no shoes.

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Over 20 fire extinguishing vehicles and more than 100 firefighters are trying to extinguish the blaze.

Despite the severity of the blaze, he assured the public that none of the injuries were life threatening. Nigro said authorities would enter the building to determine the cause of the fire once it's deemed safe.

Last Thursday, a fire at a residential building near Bronx Zoo killed 12 people.

The massive fire comes less than a week after another fire, caused by a child playing with a stove, killed at least 12 people, including several children.

All of the residents of the building were believed to have been evacuated.

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